It’s Friday the 13th: What’s Your Disaster Plan?
Among triskaidekaphobics (those who fear the number 13), today is a day to prepare for the worst. But while statistically speaking, you can probably rest easy, that’s not to say that previous Fridays the 13th haven’t brought their share of unexpected calamities.
First the good news: while some studies have erroneously suggested that there have been increased numbers of hospital admissions, that women are somehow more accident prone on Friday the 13th, or that the number 13 is the unluckiest lotto ball number, the fact is there’s no real evidence to support the superstitious belief.
That said, there have been some surprising accidents that happened to take place on the date, including:
Additional fun fact: some famous triskaidekaphobics include Napoleon, Mark Twain, Franklin Roosevelt, Stephen King, and Richard Wagner (cursed with a birth year, 1813, that actually adds up to 13, just one of many 13-related coincidence in the composer’s life)!